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Folksinger, activist, and wonderful old dude, Pete Seeger passed away Monday at age 94. There's a lot to say about Seeger--his legacy combines poetry and politics, and his music has influenced countless artists and activists over the years. With his work for labor, civil rights, and anti-war movements, he always seemed to be there to support progress and humanity, Tom Joad-ing his way through the last century. Dorian Lynskey puts it well in his piece for The ... Read More
It is clear that our culture is obsessed with single women living in the big city: from the cocktail-sipping, shoe-obsessed writer Carrie Bradshaw  to the other side of the spectrum with the comedy-writing, sandwich-loving show runner Liz Lemon. The idea of the single girl balancing her career and love life to "have it all" is a recipe for both drama and comedy gold. Why? Because it's such a real, nebulous life that so many of us are living, and we are ... Read More
The passing of Sally Ride (61) yesterday prompted many to remember and celebrate her influence. The first American woman in space in 1983, Ride took her role as a role model to young women seriously, creating the Sally Ride Science foundation in 2001. The program reaches out to boys and girls to interest them in the areas of math and science, fields that fascinated a young Sally enough to make her pursue a career in physics. She died a celebrated physicist and ... Read More
The news of Amy Winehouse's death this weekend was, while perhaps not a shock, still  devastating. And in the days since, much been made of her addiction, as though somehow she got what she deserved, or what she was looking for; that being an active addict is about having a death wish. But I don't think Amy did drugs or drank because she wanted to die; I think she did them in order to manage living.Like so many true artists, Amy seems to have felt things, ... Read More
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